Interesting article from a disaffected conservative giving advice to Republicans on how they could turn the tide this election cycle. What struck me was the naivete that so many conservatives have about their own party:
If the Republican Party can shun the K Street special-interest lobbyists and reclaim its image as the populist crusader for the rights of the people, it can make a comeback.
I guess it’s easy to forget (or maybe just never inform yourself) that Tom Delay and Newt Gingrich created the “K Street Project” back in 1994 after taking control of congress. This Project basically denied access to any lobbyist who was not affiliated with the GOP through their donor dollars.
“Pay to Play” became the mantra of Capitol Hill because of Republicans – just look at the earmarks on our spending bills in the GOP-controlled congress vs. the 40 years of Democratic rule. While patronage under both parties is rampant, the GOP has taken it to new levels by taking special care to cultivate strong alliances with the special interest community on K Street.
What is needed is a change from “One Party Rule” on Capitol Hill. Only when the GOP ceases to control access, appropriations and the congressional calendar will K Street’s hold on our government be broken.
Or at least loosened 🙂